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Ray Zone Creates First 3-D Comics for Electronic Platforms

Ray Zone's 3-D art is showcased in this page from Jazan Wild's Carnival of Souls.Ray Zone has produced the first color 3-D comics for electronic platforms for Carnival Comics. The comic book, Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls, was rolled out on July 4 to every digital platform from Nokia to iPad. See four sample pages including the 3-D cover art for Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls at the link provided.

You will need a pair of red/blue 3-D glasses to enter the carnival gates and enjoy all the fun and games with depth added by Ray Zone. Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls is the world's first 3-D comic book for the iPad in amazing full color 3-D! Put on your glasses and strap yourself in for one hell of a ride.

The app for the 3-D comic is available for 99 cents. There are several links on the page to additonal free comic content as well include earlier issues of Carnival of Souls and Funhouse of Horrors and more titles.

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Ray Zone's 3-D Jungle Adventures is an iPhone/iPad App

Ray Zone's 3-D Jungle Adventures is an iPad comic book.

Jungle Adventure 3-D anaglyph3-D Jungle Adventure is a reprint of a 1953 Jay Disbrow comic. Nianda, a jungle princess is captured by the evil Stang who wants to make a trade with the chief of the village for a big red ape. Jahka, who must be Tarzan's twin brother, comes to the rescue and fights a drooling Sabre-toothed tiger to win her back, but no one told that to the big red ape.

The book was printed in black and white which is our favorite way to present anaglyphic 3-D, and since only four colors are used -- black, white, red and cyan -- the degree to which things pop out at you is really effective.

Along with the 28 page comic, there is a 10 page intro to 3-D penned by Jim Engel. Also included is a page of links to 3-D sites such as a few NASA sites, a link for ordering free anaglyph glasses and a few others taking you to 3-D galleries.

It's a fine introduction to the early days of 3-D and really shows you how effective anaglyph 3-D can be. The app is available for 99 cents.

Editor's Note: The link to the Schoenberg site is not working as of July 5.

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Sharp Announces 3-D Camera For Mobile Phones

The HD system uses two small lenses that can simultaneously capture separate images to create synchronized, 720p video images.

Sharp Corp. said it is planning to begin production on the world’s first three-dimensional camera system for mobile phones and other portable devices by the end of the year.

The consumer electronics leader said in a statement the module will be capable of capturing high-definition (720p) video images.

In addition, Fast Readout Technology rapidly transfers video data from the image sensor, enabling 3-D images to be captured in high-resolution HD mode. The company said it expects to see the module used in digital cameras and smartphones.

The 3-D component shouldn’t be expensive enough to dramatically change the cost of phones, said Avi Greengart, research director, consumer devices, at Current Analysis. “Most phones, at least in the U.S., are subsidized when you buy them with a two-year contract,” said Greengart. “This is more indicative of a trend of trying to come up with 3-D content and the proliferation of 3-D in general.”

Since people are increasingly using their phones to capture images rather than carrying around a separate camera, Greengart said this is a good sales gimmick, but that the technology to display those images is not widespread yet. “For now I would call it definitely bleed edge and something to keep an eye on … but it’s still a little early.”

Sharp said it will start shipping samples in July and mass production will follow within a few months, Nakayama said, adding that further details, including prices, were not available.

Competition in 3-D technology is intensifying among major electronics makers. Last month Sharp said it would begin selling liquid crystal televisions showing 3-D images before the summer.

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Toshiba 3-D laptop debuts in Japan

Toshiba's Dynabook 3-D laptop.Toshiba’s new Dynabook TX/98MBL laptop will push separate 60Hz frames to each eye (120Hz total), enabling what could be the first consumer 3-D laptop using active shutter 3-D technology. The laptop has a 15.6-inch LCD display with LED backlighting and will of course house a Blu-ray Disc drive. The TX/98MBL will only be available in Japan when it ships at the end of July 2010.

The TX/98MBL is a hearty machine with a 640GB hard drive, four gigabytes of RAM, and Intel Core i7-740QM processor. The laptop will be powered by GeForce GTS 350M hardware (1GB RAM) and run on NVIDIA’s 3-D Vision software. A pair of active shutter glasses will be included with the laptop, and a plug-in transmitter will sync the glasses with the 3-D software.

For audio output the TX/98MBL comes stock with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, as well as line-in with sleep-and-music function and Dolby Advanced Audio. The laptop also features an analog and DVB-T hybrid TV Tuner.

The Toshiba Dynabook TX/98MBL will cost approximately $2,745 in Japan.

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Panasonic's 152-inch 3-D TV

Panasonics 152-inch 3-D TV is too big to fit in this photo.

The public has always been intrigued by 3-D. Fans of The Hooneymooners might recall Ralph Kramden claiming he'd never own a television set for Alice until the day he can buy it with 3-D. That was over 50 years ago. Oh well, Alice missed a lot of television shows.

Kramden might not have been able to afford a TV, but, if money is no object, you might want to jump on the 3-D home theatre bandwagon with Panasonic's massive 152-inch 3-D TV.

Measuring 11 x 6 feet, CNet reports that the TH-152UX1's 4096x2160 resolution can deliver four times the clarity of a regular full-HD panel with a 5 million:1 native contrast.

Sailor Moon not included.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D Poster

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D poster art.

Here is a look at the new poster for Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D. The film is slated for a September 2010 release.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Blu-ray 3-D disk to arrive this summer

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs art.Sony has confirmed via Home Media Magazine that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will their first standalone Blu-ray 3-D release when it arrives in stores this summer.

The Blu-ray 3-D version of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will include the 2-D version and also come packaged with select Sony Blu-ray 3-D hardware packages. Pricing has yet to be revealed.

Sony also stated the September theatrical release of Resident Evil: Afterlife will turn into the first day-and-date release of a new film on 2-D and 3-D formats from the studio when it makes its way to Blu-ray in early 2011. Other Sony catalog films are expected to appear on Blu-ray 3-D this fall and winter.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum 3-D Video Game

Batman: Arkham Asylum 3-D video game cover art.According to CNN Tech, one of the buzzwords in gaming this year is 3-D. Designers and developers are looking at playing and viewing games in three dimensions to give consumers a more realistic experience from their consoles and computers.

Batman: Arkham Asylum, holder of the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever, has been re-released in a Game of the Year version that includes glasses to allow it to be played in 3-D.

The technology, called TriOviz 3-D, uses colored lenses that expand the depth of field in gameplay but retain the original colors of the environment. It does not require a 3-D-ready television or console to play, and TriOviz says the images can also be seen in 2-D without the glasses.

Despite the addition of four new Challenge Maps, gameplay remains the same as the original released in fall 2009. Batman finds himself trapped inside Arkham Asylum by the Joker, and it is up to you to lead the Dark Knight in a battle against Gotham's criminally insane and super-powered villains.

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Sanyo Ultra Short Focus 3-D Projectors

Sanyo 3-D projector

Sanyo has announced two new ultra short-focus projectors with 3-D capability, the PDG-DWL2500 and PDG-DXL2000. Both projectors have chassies about half the size of conventional short-focus projectors.

The PDG-DWL2500 provides native WXGA resolution (1,280 by 800 pixels; 16:10 aspect ratio) with 2,500 lumens of brightness and the PDG-DXL2000 is XGA resolution (1,024 by 768; 4:3 aspect ratio), producing 2,000 lumens.

Through a newly developed ultra short-focus mirror-projection optical unit, both projectors operate at an extremely short distance from the display surface or screen. The PDG-DWL2500 creates an 80-inch image at a position only 12.6 inches from the screen, which Sanyo claims is the shortest-throw unit on the market today. The PDG-DXL2000 requires only 15.1 inches for an 80-inch image. Both projectors offer a maximum image size of either 110 inches (DWL2500) or 90 inches (DXL2000).

Fully enabled for large screen display of 3-D material, both projectors use the Frame Sequential Display Format to display 3-D, which works in conjunction with Active Shutter 3-D glasses to rapidly alternate display between the right and left eyes.

These projectors take up only half the volume of conventional and previous generation Sanyo models, with dimensions of 6.7 inches by 12.6 inches by 15.2 inches (HWD). They can be used either in a horizontal or vertical orientation, allowing placement under a table, on a table top behind a screen, or on a floor, ceiling or wall. The new projectors each weigh 14.3 pounds.

The projectors include an onboard 10-watt audio amplifier and mono loudspeaker, with both stereo mini-jack and RCA stereo inputs for external audio sources.

The two projectors are scheduled for release in July 2010, The PDG-DWL2500 will list at $1,995, and the PDG-DXL2000 at $1,795.

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Charles Phoenix and the Third Dimension Slideshows at Los Angeles Downtown Indepedent Theatre on July 11

Charles Phoenix’s first ever retro 3-D slide shows

Charles Phoenix with giant 3-D glasses.Join Charles Phoenix to celebrate the story and glory of 3-D…in 3-D on Sunday, July 11, at the sparkling new Downtown Independent Theatre in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It’s going to be a 3-D extravaganza! Put on your free 3-D glasses and experience vintage sensory perception like you never have before!

In this all new, two-act, 3-D slide show Charles will be sharing nearly a century of spectacular 3-D images with you. Beginning with the sensational Stereoscopes of the Victorian era, and awe-inspiring View-Master® and Stereo Realist® formats of the Kodachrome-colored 1940s and 50s you’ll meet the masters of 3-D, visit the View-Master® family at home in the 50s, go behind the scenes of early sci-fi TV, explore legendary world’s fairs and much more!

This show is rated 3-D-PG due to some cheesy cheesecake!

To fill the theatrical air with melodious 3-Dimensional melodies, Dominic, the “Worlds Greatest Roller Rink Organist” will be in the house. In honor of those old 3-D glasses (with one red lens and one turquoise lens), lipstick red and bright turquoise ensembles are encouraged but not expected!

The Downtown Independent Theatre is located at 251 S. Main St. in Los Angeles, California. The show starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $35. No one under the age of 13 will be admitted.

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July Events at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography

3-D Center logoThe program schedule at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon is now more regularized. The center will be opening either a new gallery exhibition or a new Stereo Theatre show each first Thursday.

In the Gallery
July 1 - Aug. 31, 2010

Theo Prins 3-D painting.Theo Prins Stereo Painting - Theo Prins was inspired by his time living and traveling to places like South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. His artwork is created using a Wacom pen/tablet in Photoshop.

"To convert the painting to a 3-D pair, I set out to isolate each ‘thing’ in the painting on to Photoshop layers, and organize these layers according to depth. Close objects above far objects. I then duplicate this painting and set it next to the original. Using a Screenscope viewer to fuse the images together, I shift each of these layers in the duplicate painting to create a slightly shifted perspective of the scene painted."

In the Stereo Theatre
July 1 through Aug. 31, 2010

Dick Van Dyke in The Caretaker 3-D (c) The Caretaker 3-D.The Caretaker 3-D starring Dick Van Dyke - This special presentation is based on the 1930's legend of a handyman who lived behind the letter "L" in the famous "HOLLYWOODLAND" sign.

Van Dyke nostalgically portrays the custodian whose job it is to replace the light bulbs that once illuminated the famous landmark.

Released earlier this year at the Malibu Film Festival, The Caretaker 3-D was produced by Jeffrey Amaral, who co-wrote the film along with director Sean Isroelit.

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography has regular monthly Stereo Theatre and 3-D Art Exhibitions. Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for adults (over 15) is $5.

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Superman 3-D Conversions

Superman shieldSince RIchard Taylor was a child he has been fascinated with motion, or better said, flip books and machines that produce the effect of motion. Taylor used to spend hours as a youth drawing his own flip books and even made some 8mm movies with friends.

Superman was often the subject matter for his imagination. As he grew older his projects grew in complexity to include building his own 35mm hand cranked motion picture cameras to something as large as a seven foot diameter hovercraft.

Taylor collects cameras on a small scale and around the year 2000 added a Stereo Realist to his collection. The 3-D bug took hold and he was off shooting pictures of the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore and every family get together in stereo.

Taylor's passion for 3-D and Superman came together when he learned to create anaglyphic 2-D to 3-D images from The Adventures of Superman television show. His online Superman gallery is available here.

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3-D Abstracts for 2011 IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Symposium Due July 19

Prospective authors have until July 19 to submit abstracts for the 2011 IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging symposium. The event attracts a global audience for presentations on digital imaging systems, 3-D imaging, image quality and image processing.

In its 23rd year in 2011, the annual event has become a "must-attend" for all aspects of electronic imaging, including imaging systems, image processing, image quality and algorithms, noted Symposium Chair Sabine Süsstrunk (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and Symposium Cochair Majid Rabbani (Eastman Kodak).

The San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency in California is the location for the January 23 through 27 event. Electronic Imaging attendees will be provided transportation and free admittance to the exhibition at SPIE Photonics West, held during the same week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Conference tracks include:

  • 3-D Imaging, Interaction and Measurement.
  • Imaging, Visualization and Perception.
  • Image Processing.
  • Digital Imaging Sensors and Applications.
  • Multimedia Processing and Applications.
  • Visual Information Processing and Communication.
  • A new conference on Parallel Processing for Imaging Applications is being introduced, chaired by John Owens (Univ. of California, Davis), I-Jong Lin (Hewlett-Packard Labs), and Yu-Jin Zhang (Tsinghua Univ).

In addition to the strong program of annual conferences, two biennial conferences are returning: 3-D Imaging Metrology, chaired by Angelo Beraldin (National Research Council Canada), Geraldine Cheok (NIST -- National Institute of Standards and Technology), Mike McCarthy (National Physical Lab), and Ulrich Neuschaefer-Rube (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt); and Real-Time Image and Video Processing, chaired by Nasser Kehtarnavaz (Univ. of Texas, Dallas) and Matthias Carlsohn (Computer Vision and Image Communication at Bremen).

A 3-D theatre session and a product demonstration session are again planned in conjunction with the conference on Stereoscopic Displays and Applications, chaired by Andrew Woods (Curtin Univ., Centre for Marine Science and Technology), Nicolas Holliman (Durham Univ.) and Neil Dodgson (Univ. of Cambridge).

Short Course Chair is Gaurav Sharma (Univ. of Rochester), who on Jan. 1 will become Editor of the Journal of Electronic Imaging. IS&T and SPIE are joint publishers of the journal as well as sponsors of the Electronic Imaging symposium.

Conference proceedings papers will be published individually in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and also in collected print and digital volumes and collections.

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology is an international non-profit dedicated to keeping members and others apprised of the latest developments in fields related to imaging science through conferences, educational programs, publications, and its website. IS&T encompasses all aspects of imaging, with particular emphasis on digital printing, electronic imaging, color science, photofinishing, image preservation, silver halide, pre-press technology and hybrid imaging systems.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants and other education programs around the world.

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Auction Results

Virginia City stereoview.

A Carleton Watkins Virginia City, Nevada stereoview sold for $439.95 with one bid. The card features a panoramic view of mining operations from the north end. Series no. 4122.

Watkins shipwreck stereoview.

A Carleton Watkins shipwreck stereoview sold for $687 with 12 bids. The card is Watkins' New Series #4498 View in Wilmington Harbor, Wilmington. It shows a 3-masted ship on its side.

Dahl stereoview.

An A. L. Dahl stereoview sold for $665.36 with eight bids. This is a stereoview of the stereoview photographer with his mobile station, which includes his horse and buggy. Studio/Photographer/Publisher: A. L. Dahl, Landscape Photographer, De Forest, Wisconsin.

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